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Samuel Adams® Boston Ale was first brewed to celebrate the opening of our Boston Brewery. Like Samuel Adams Boston Lager®, it was an old family recipe that was rescued by Jim Koch from his father’s attic. Samuel Adams® Boston Ale, a Stock Ale, has a complex, caramel malt character balanced with distinct spicy and herbal hop notes. Our proprietary ale yeast imparts a variety of fruit and ester notes in both the nose and flavor which are indicative of the style. Stock Ale, one of the few classic beer styles to have originated in the United States, has a strong New England heritage. The style draws its name from the cool "stock cellars" in which it was aged. This technique imparted a smoothness and body which became the hallmark of this style. Keeping with the Stock Ale style, Samuel Adams® Boston Ale is fermented at cooler almost lager like temperatures and conditioned much longer than most ales. It also is Krausened and dry hopped.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
theFinatUofI (45) - Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2002
A very nice taste with some bitterness countered by the softness of the malts. All around a great beer. Thumbs Up! This one won the Helsinki Beer Festival in 2001 and for a reason.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2002
This is all-around decent, malty beer. It’s bitter enough to call itself a pale ale and that light bitterness is well complemented by the malt. A reliable macromicro-brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
olympian (107) - USA - MAY 23, 2002
A fine middleweight ale from Boston Beer. Nicely balanced all around, and one of the most delightful aftertastes of any American-made ale. Good stuff, Jim! RE-RATE BEGINS HERE: Had to up the score a bit more. This is now a resident member of my Top 10 list. One of those ’come-back-to’ brews, over and over again. Wish I could afford to drink it on a day-in, day-out basis. VERY good stuff, Jim!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2002
A good looking beer in the glass. No head retention but a nice amber color. Good balanced flavor that gets smoother as it warms.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2002
A little too malty, but had nice hoppy hints that did a decent job balancing. A prety decent beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 15, 2002
I did not like this beer, watery bland tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jezmez68 (402) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2002
A nice brown ale. Good flavor. Quality beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Steak (124) - New York, USA - MAY 6, 2002
Smelled strangely like vinegar. Had a great head and lace with amicable dark amber color. Taste was a decent balance between a large malt presence and the finish of hops. The malts were too aggressive in my opinion. Respectable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11661) - Washington DC, USA - APR 25, 2002
Pleasant smooth beer with a nice medium hops/malt aroma. There’s nothing bold about the flavor, but that’s not what this beer is about. It’s the perfect ’intermediate’ beer for trying to get your friends to bridge the gap between the macros and the real stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cruddler (32) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2002
Pours good, looks good. Tastes average.

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